Shoulder Wellness: The Whole Person Approach with Jin Shin Jyutsu
May 12, 2014 04:50PM
● By Michelle Giambra
The shoulders are a common area of complaint for tension, stress, discomfort and pain. There are many possible causes of shoulder problems, including accidents, injuries or genetics. Modern-day lifestyles with extended periods of inactivity and activities of repetitive motions, such as working long hours on the computer, golfing and lengthy car trips place stress on the shoulders. And, last, but certainly not least, it is widely known that mental and emotional anxieties also affect our body’s health.
The Mental and Emotional Connection
Our thoughts and emotions significantly affect our bodies, and vice versa. The shoulders are excellent examples because many people are aware of tension in their shoulders and may identify with the correlation between their thoughts and the reaction displayed in the shoulders. Have you ever noticed that when your thought patterns become “I should have done this,” or “I shouldn’t have said that,” or “I should be doing such and such,” that your shoulders tighten and start inching up towards your ears? This is when tension and stress begin to build and the shoulders transform into the “should-ers.” This is related to the “trying-to’s,” one of five attitudes identified in Jin Shin Jyutsu. Each attitude corresponds to specific organ function energy pathways.
“As Above, So Below”
No body part is an island unto itself. If tension in one part of the body is not addressed, the effects compound and move to other areas of the body. With the Jin Shin Jyutsu principle of “As Above, So Below,” we can expect that an imbalance above the waistline will exhibit itself below the waistline. The shoulders located above the waistline affect areas below the waistline.
Simple body mechanics that relate to energetic patterns in the body illustrate this principle. Consider walking. In a normal gait, the left arm and right leg move together and the right arm and left leg move together. We say that the left arm and right leg are in-phase and the right arm and left leg are in-phase.
Tension and stress in the left shoulder restricts movement of the left arm. The left arm’s gait partner, the right leg, is going to experience the effects of this restricted movement, and, in turn, the right hip will be affected as well.
The human body is very resilient and can tolerate many inconveniences. However, when tension, stress, and pain disrupt our lifestyle enough, we seek a remedy. Perhaps someone will tolerate an ache in their shoulder for a while, days, weeks, months, or even years. After a while, they may begin to notice pain or experience impaired mobility in their hip, never realizing that the discomfort in their shoulder and hip are related. At this point, they may choose to seek therapy.
Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Whole Person Approach
Widely known more than 3,000 years ago, Jin Shin Jyutsu was dramatically revived by Japanese Master Jiro Murai in 1912 after he cleared himself of a “terminal” illness. Jin Shin Jyutsu increases the awareness and understanding of the body-mind-spirit connection while providing tools for maintaining and restoring a harmonious flow of life energy for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It is applied to the body through gentle touch to vital energy centers and can be received from a trained practitioner or applied to one’s self.
Each Jin Shin Jyutsu session is unique, customized to the individual’s needs. When someone presents a shoulder issue to a trained Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, the practitioner assesses the level of harmony of all the energy pathways in the body, observes body alignment, considers the relationship of the shoulder to the pelvic girdle and factors in any mental and emotional information shared by the client. This helps the practitioner fine tune the session to relieve discomforts by clearing energy blocks and engaging the body’s innate healing abilities. If the client is interested, the practitioner may also share self care practices and information about the attitudes related to the energy congestion.
I had a client who had a frozen shoulder. He was a nonbeliever in holistic-type therapies, and the only reason he came for a session was because his wife booked it and paid in advance. I assessed the level of harmony of all of his energy patterns by placing my fingertips on certain pulse points on his wrists. Using that information and the knowledge of the keys to harmonize energy patterns in the body, as he was lying on the massage table, I placed my hands on certain areas of his body in specific sequences to balance the energy patterns. I did not touch his shoulder for the entire session. About halfway into the session, he remarked that he felt something happening. Fifteen minutes later, he said he really thought something was releasing. At the end of the hour, he sat up and, in amazement, raised his arm. He had full range of motion!
We don’t always have such dramatic results in one session, but this is an example of the nature of Jin Shin Jyutsu and an example of the “As Above, So Below” principle. A safe, gentle powerful adjunct to all healing modalities, the receiver of Jin Shin Jyutsu does not necessarily need to believe in it in order for it to be effective. And, as is true with most modalities, usually more than one session is needed.
Self Care for Shoulders
In addition to receiving a session from a trained practitioner, Jin Shin Jyutsu self care may be practiced. One or more of the following may be helpful in releasing tension and stress to address shoulder issues and to maintain shoulder wellness:
For Left Shoulder: Drape RIGHT hand over LEFT shoulder, fingers touching the top of the shoulder blade. Place LEFT hand in LEFT groin. Relax your shoulders. Breathe Gently. Hold for several minutes, or until stress eases.
For Right Shoulder: Drape LEFT hand over RIGHT shoulder, fingers touching the top of the shoulder blade. Place RIGHT hand in RIGHT groin. Relax your shoulders. Breathe Gently. Hold for several minutes, or until stress eases.
Hold your little finger – Simply wrap your right fingers around your left little finger. Be comfortable. Relax. Breathe. Hold for several minutes, or until stress eases. (Reverse for right little finger.)
Give yourself a big hug – Place RIGHT thumb under LEFT collarbone (near shoulder.) Place RIGHT fingers on the outer edge of the LEFT shoulder blade. Place LEFT thumb under RIGHT collarbone (near shoulder.) Place LEFT fingers on the outer edge of the RIGHT shoulder blade. Be comfortable. Relax. Breathe. Hold for several minutes, or until stress eases.
36 Conscious Breaths – Close your eyes and relax. Become aware of your breathing. Count breaths by counting exhalations. Exhale, count 1, inhale. Exhale, count 2, inhale. Continue until you complete a total of 36 exhalations.
The Jin Shin Jyutsu information provided in this article is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician or other healthcare professional, whom you should always consult about your individual needs and any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention and before starting or stopping any medication or starting any course of treatment, exercise regimen, or diet.
A 2013 Natural Awakenings (Nattie) Awards “Favorite Energy Healer,” Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, Michelle Giambra has over 16 years experience providing Jin Shin Jyutsu to individuals and families addressing acute, chronic and serious health projects (such as cancer and ALS) along with those interested in maintaining wellness. She offers individual sessions and teaches self-care and is available for home and hospital visits.
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